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Summary

  1. Armed robbers jailed for £1m jewellery theft
  2. Two arrested for drugs offences as yacht seized
  3. Woman, 81, in critical condition after assault in Par
  4. Youngest Battle of Britain RAF pilot dies
  5. Rising shark numbers a 'boost' for Cornish tourism
  6. Updates for Friday 20 July 2018

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  1. Weather: Heavy showers clearing overnight

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight it will stay mostly cloudy with further showery rain, which could be heavy at times.

    However, the showery rain is expected to clear towards the end of the night.

    On Saturday it will be a warmer day with spells of sunshine, but also the chance of some showers breaking out.

    These showers could potentially be heavy with the risk of thunder.

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  2. Fire crews sent to Dartmouth blaze

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue are "en route" to this "very large fire" in Dartmouth.

    Eight fire crews have been sent to the blaze.

    Fire
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A3122 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3122 Devon both ways severe disruption, around The Sportsman Arms.

    A3122 Devon - A3122 in Hemborough Post closed and slow traffic in both directions around The Sportsman Arms junction, because of grass fire.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Livestock worth £32,000 stolen in Exeter

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of livestock in Exeter.

    The incident took place between 18:30 on Wednesday and 12:30 on Thursday from a field in Doddiscombleigh.

    It's thought that unknown offenders gained access to the field and barn by cutting metal chains before taking about £32,000 of sheep from the premises.

    It's unknown how the animals were transported from the field.

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  5. Jewellery store thanks police after robbers are jailed

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    The director of jewellers Michael Spiers has thanked police after seven members of the gang that robbed their store in Truro were jailed.

    Adam Spiers also thanked customers for their "overwhelming support".

    Staff were threatened with an imitation pistol while the other robbers used crow bars to force open cabinets and steal £1m of jewellery and watches.

    Quote Message: We would like to share our sincere thanks and gratitude towards Devon and Cornwall Police for their continued efforts and hard work during the investigations and court process.
    Quote Message: We would also like to thank the public and our customers who have shown an overwhelming amount of support for our Truro team over the past few months. As a local family run business we are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community who have pulled together at a difficult time." from Adam Spiers Director, Michael Spiers
    Adam SpiersDirector, Michael Spiers

    The jewellery has not been recovered.

  6. Newlyn harbour reopens after drugs arrests

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Newlyn Harbour has reopened after National Crime Agency officers swooped on the port and arrested two men on drugs trafficking offences.

    Their yacht was intercepted by the UK Border Force in the English Channel and brought into the harbour on Thursday.

    The harbour had been closed "for safety reasons" since just after 10:00.

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  7. Nearly four million drivers on 'frantic Friday'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Nearly four million drivers are expected to hit the road as the great summer getaway begins.

    It's the last day of term for most schools and breakdown service RAC has dubbed it "frantic Friday".

    M5
    Image caption: The M5 heading west is expected to be particularly busy.

    The company is warning there could be severe congestion as day-trippers and tourists battle for road space with regular commuters.

    Transport data firm Inrix says hotspots will include the M5 between Gloucester and Devon, and westbound on the A303.

    Quote Message: This weekend tends to be one of the busiest on the roads for leisure journeys, second only to Easter and Christmas. On some popular routes this may well mean gridlock, especially through the second half of Friday, when commuters and holidaymakers will be sharing space on the same stretches of the UK's roads. As a result, it will almost certainly feel like a frantic Friday for some." from Rod Dennis RAC traffic spokesman
    Rod DennisRAC traffic spokesman
  8. Armed robbery: Gang members 'still at large'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Members of the international gang that was responsible for robbing a jewellery store in Cornwall are "still at large", according to the detective on the case.

    Five more members of an armed gang which stole £1m of jewellery and watches from Michael Spiers in Truro have been sentenced.

    DI Pete Found said that while other gang members are still at large, they were out of the jurisdiction of Devon and Cornwall Police, and there was no reason for the public to be worried.

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  9. Girl, 15, missing from Truro area

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a teenage girl who went missing from the Truro area earlier.

    Amelie Harris-Lovett, 15, was last seen at about 09:30.

    She is described as 5ft 5in (1.6m) tall, of slim build and with long brown hair.

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    She’s believed to be wearing a navy blue T-shirt and dark three-quarter length trousers or black and white shorts. She has a grey puffer jacket and blue rucksack with her.

    Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

  10. Changes to parking charges 'nail in coffin' for towns

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    New all-year round parking charges for Torbay will be "the final nail in the coffin of the town centres", councillors have claimed.

    Torbay Council has voted to scrap its seasonal winter and summer parking tariffs and instead introduce new all-year-round charges.

    The new parking charges are more expensive than the winter charges across the board, but in some instances, cheaper than the current summer charges.

    Melville Road car park, Torquay

    Councillors were told the changes would make the tariffs easier to understand, had been supported by businesses and would help the council hit its growth targets.

    But despite being approved, it was criticised by opposition Lib Dems, as well as two Conservatives, which said all the charges would do would be to drive more people to out-of-town shopping centres like the Willows, or to Newton Abbot.

    The new charges take effect from 1 November.

  11. BreakingArmed robbers jailed for £1m jewellery theft

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Five more members of an armed gang which stole £1m of jewellery and watches from Michael Spiers in Truro have been sentenced.

    Staff were threatened with an imitation pistol while the other robbers used crow bars to force open cabinets on 10 January.

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    Tomas Bakierskis, 25, and Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, both from Lithuania, were each sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison at Truro Crown Court.

    Saulius Mickus, who is 28 and also from Lithuania, received eight years while Agris Davidonis, 30, of Petroc Court in Gunnislake was given 21 months.

    Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, from Lithuania was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders institution.

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    In sentencing, Judge Simon Carr told the men they had been part of a "meticulously planned and executed robbery" which had been carried out using "almost military precision".

    Two other gang members have already been given lengthy jail terms after they were found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court on Thursday.

  12. The Dartmoor village hoping to give Syrian family a home

    BBC Radio Devon

    People in a Dartmoor village are trying to raise £9,000 to provide a home for a Syrian refugee family.

    Under the government resettlement programme, communities can directly apply to welcome refugees, but have to raise the cash themselves and prove they can house and support vulnerable families.

    Moretonhampstead

    Locals from Moretonhampstead are holding an auction of art at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen later, to help raise the money needed.

    Quote Message: We can't stop the war in Syria, but we can help a family, and that's what a group of us in Moretonhampstead decided that we would have to do." from George Wilkinson Chair of Home from Home, Moretonhampstead
    George WilkinsonChair of Home from Home, Moretonhampstead
  13. Picture released of Newlyn drugs yacht

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The National Crime Agency has released a picture of the yacht seized by border forces off the coast of Cornwall on Thursday.

    Two men have been arrested for drug trafficking after their boat was escorted into Newlyn Harbour.

    The port remains closed for safety reasons.

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